Barbara Tyson

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Barbara  Tyson Barbara Tyson artist
oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Barbara  Tyson Barbara Tyson artist
oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Barbara  Tyson Shoreditch House 1_2 (Diptych)
Shoreditch House 1&2 (Diptych)
oil on linen
102 x 304 cm
Barbara  Tyson Barbara Tyson artist
Water, Life
oil on linen
76 x 107 cm
Barbara  Tyson Brave_ Vietnam
Brave, Vietnam
oil on canvas
122 x 122 cm
Barbara  Tyson In The Summertime
In The Summertime
oil and mixed media on canvas
122 x 122 cm
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Barbara  Tyson

Barbara Tyson

Barbara Tyson Biography

Born, Sydney Australia.

A graduate student of the world-renowned East Sydney Art School, Barbara Tyson studied art specialising in life drawing, anatomy, mixed medium and watercolours before going on to graduate in Graphic Design. Barbara began work as an artist illustrator and her talents were quickly noticed and whilst still in her twenties was appointed Artistic Director for a stable of Australia’s most prestigious magazines.

Barbara travelled and painted throughout Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom and completed a multitude of watercolour works borrowing techniques and being influenced by a number of artists, but in particular Turner and Monet. In 1981 Barbara’s newly inspired works won first prize at two art exhibitions in Whitlesea and her life as an artist began.

Further studies with renowned water colourist Alvaro Castagnet gave her newfound freedom of expression and boldness. This led to studying the textures and depths of oils where she embraced portraiture and still life, emphasizing the play of light. Barbara continued her studies with many artists including creative painting with David Hill and portraiture with Archibald Prize winner, Reg Cambell at the Mitchell School of Creative Arts at Charles Sturt University. Capturing the essence of a person was one of her most satisfying achievements. Barbara says, "Seeing your subject emerge from the painting is amazing. A point arrives when touching the canvass is like touching their soul."

When Barbara met Italian artist Roberto Coppa he had the most significant impact on her art. He took her skills to a new level. This embraced styles from the old masters, impressionism, realism, abstractionism and their associated techniques. Painting became a reflection of her own life experiences and Barbara no longer painted from her head but from her heart!

Barbara has developed her own style, using varnishes to create a rich depth on the canvas - combining transparent colours with opaque, thick paint with thin, bold confident brush strokes with finely detailed realism, thick textures with smooth softness . . . all the contrasts that life brings to us . . . on the canvas. These techniques combine in expressing freedom, whether it be in communication, dress, lifestyle, emotions, work or relationships. Barbara loves movement, be it dancing music, sport, or the elements in landscapes. The common themes through all of her art are controlled freedom and movement. Barbara’s paintings stimulate the imagination, so that you become the artist. She creates a brush stroke; your mind fills in the gaps.

Barbara has captured the essence of people in many portraits, entering the Doug Moran and Archibald, and receiving many commissions over the years. Barbara’s 2003 Archibald entry, a portrait of radio personality and comedian Tracy Bartram, received excellent reviews from Australia’s press acclaiming her style and technique. Barbara has regular, highly successful exhibitions within Australia and her paintings have found appeal with many collectors and can be found hanging in England, France, Spain, Italy, United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand and Australia.

Barbara Tyson Description

Barbara Tyson Resumé

Career History
2007       Suburban NYC & other works –Art Sydney
                 Suburban ‘New York Stories’ sellout
2006       Art Sydney-Suburban-sellout
2006/2007 Art Melbourne –Suburban-sellout
2005       Sell out with Suburban Affordable Art show - Sydney
                 Represented in the ‘Affordable Art Show’ Suburban Gallery
                 Exhibition ‘The French Collection’ Suburban Gallery
2004       Commissioned to paint in the south of France
                 Solo Exhibition, ‘The Freedom of Movement’, Art Associates Australia-Gardner Contemporary Art, Hawthorn
                 Represented in ‘The Affordable Art Show’
2003       Hung in the ‘Salondes Refuse’s’ (leading painting used to promote exhibition)
                 Solo exhibition, ‘Barbara Tyson Recent Works’ Richmond Gallery, Richmond
                 Entered the Archibald Prize, Tracey Bartram
2002       Dual Exhibition, ‘Spirited Heartlands & Movement’, Richmond Gallery Richmond (with Michael Weitnauer)
                 Started teaching weekly oil painting lessons
                 Entered the Doug Moran Prize
2001       Embarked full time painting career
1999       Taught painting at weekend workshop ‘Passion in Oils’
                 Began exhibiting at First Settlement Gallery, Sorrento
                 1st Exhibition, ‘Colorful, Evocative & Passionate Paintings’, Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Prahran
1998       Expanded growth in part time commission
1995       5 years part time study of the old master techniques with Italian artist Roberto Coppa
1993       Extensive art commissions with Coogi & Coles Myer used in Florence, Italy)
1990       Exhibited in Camberwell Art Show
1988       Studied portraiture with Archibald Prize winner Reg Cambell, Charles Sturt University
1987       Studied Creative painting with David Hill, Charles Sturt University
1984       Studied oils at the Doncaster Artists Society
1982       Studied water colors with Alvaro Castagnet, Managing Director of Logo Graphics
1981       Commenced painting commissions and selling art privately
1981       First Prize -2 categories Whitlesea Art Show
1980       Riverside Graphics Melbourne, illustrator/graphic designer
1978       Michael Bryce & Associates Qld, illustrator/graphic designer
1975/76  Painting watercolors while traveling Australia, England, Europe
1974       Cleo Magazine Consolidated Press Sydney. Art director, illustrator/graphic designer
1970       East Sydney Art School Diploma Graphic Design Subjects: Life Drawing, anatomy, illustration, fine art, watercolor

Recent Exhibitions:

2018       Sea, Sky and Space Group Exhibition – Manyung Gallery Sorrento
                 A Masterful Exhibition – Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza, Flinders & Sorrento
                 Affordable Art Fair Singapore Nov
                 Exhibited Camberwell Rotary Art Show, June
2017       Solo Exhibition Kew Court House - City Boroondara Arts PARTY ART PRIZE May, June & July
                 Solo ‘Summer’, Holloway Gallery Moffat Beach Sunshine Coast, October
2016       New Works – Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza Oct
                 Beaches, Seas and Sport Manyung Gallery Sorrento, Dec – Jan
                 ‘Latest Works’, Holloway Gallery Moffat Beach Sunshine Coast, May
                  Exhibited Camberwell Rotary Art Show, July
                  46th Bayside Artshow, Sandringham Yacht Club, August
                  Exhibitor, QLD Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize
                  Winner, ANL Maritime Art Awards
2015       Group Exhibition Manyung Gallery Sorrento Jan
                  Blues Of Summer – Manyung Gallery Sorrento Oct-Nov
                  Dame Quentin Bryce official opening of Holloway Gallery Moffat Beach Sunshine Coast, March
                 Outstanding Women Artist Exhibition, Media House Gallery, Melbourne, May 13th
                 Exhibited Camberwell Rotary Art Show, June
                 Exhibited The 2015 ANL Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition, November
                 ‘Latest Works’, Suburban Gallery, November
2014       Exhibited Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Feature & Demonstrating Artist, June
                 New Holloway Gallery opening Moffat Beach Sunshine Coast, May
                 44th Bayside Artshow, Sandringham Yacht Club, August
                 Solo Exhibition ‘Latest underwater Works’, Suburban Gallery, November
2013       Solo Exhibition Manyung Gallery Sorrento Nov-Dec
                 Christmas at Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza Dec
                 Solo Exhibition ‘Barbara Tyson’s Beach’, Suburban Gallery, March
                 Entered Archibald 2013, Dr Helen Caldicott March
                 Finalist, Victorian, ‘Salon des Refusés’, Hilton Melb South Wharf, June-mid August
                 Group Exhibition, A Passion for Life, Marriott Melbourne Hotel, June
                 Third Prize Bronze Award, Camberwell At Show
                 Solo Exhibition ‘Latest Works’, Suburban Gallery, December
2012       Exhibited Camberwell Rotary Art Show, April 2012,2 Highly Commended “Salon des Refusés”
                 Group Exhibition Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza Nov
2011       Exhibited Archibald Prize, April 2011 Finalist for portrait of Quentin Bryce 
                 Exhibited Camberwell Rotary Art Show, April, Highly Commended
                 Exhibited Art Red Hill, May
2010       Very Special Kids Art Exhibition, March
                 Mornington Peninsula Art Show, April
                 Art Show Sorrento, May  
                 “Art Melbourne” with Suburban 312 Gallery, April
                 Solo Exhibition, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, May
                 Art Show Sorrento, May
                 2nd Prize People’s Choice Award, April
                 Mornington Peninsula Art Show, May
                 Painting on location South France Jul-Nov
2009       Solo Exhibition, Suburban 312 Gallery, May
                 Exhibited, Belvedere Vodka Art Exhibition, McCulloch Gallery, Rankins Lane Melbourne, June
                 Joint Exhibition, McCulloch Gallery, Rankins Lane Melbourne, July
                 Solo Exhibition, Glenferrie Contemporary Art, October
                 Exhibited, Sydney Art 2009, October
                 Solo Exhibition, Suburban 312 Gallery, December
2008       Exhibition, Tusk Gallery South Yarra, February
                 Solo Exhibition, In New York, Suburban 312 Gallery, March
                 Exhibition, Brush Strokes for Infant Strokes, Royal Children’s Hospital Fund raising, July
                 Solo Exhibition, Freedom of Movement, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, October
                 Exhibition, Postsea Art Gallery, December
                 Exhibited, Postcards, Watson Fine Art Gallery, Burwood Road Hawthorn, December
2007       Solo Exhibition, “Recent Works”, Balwyn Cafe Gallery, April
                 Solo Exhibition, Manyung Gallery, March
                 Artz Blitz 2007, Kingston Art Centre, March
                 “The Sydney Art Show” with Suburban 312 Gallery, April
                 Exhibition, Suburban 312 Gallery, August
                 Exhibition, A Sensual September, Manyung Gallery Mt. Eliza, September
                 Solo Exhibition, Rhythms of the Sea, Manyung Gallery Mt. Eliza, November
                 Exhibition, South Yarra Art House, December
                 “The affordable Art Show” Melbourne with Suburban 312 Gallery, March
2006       Exhibition, “The Art of Romance” South Yarra Art House, July
                 Solo Exhibition, Suburban 312 Gallery, August
2005       “The affordable Art Show” Melbourne with Suburban 312 Gallery, March
                  Solo Exhibition, “Recent Works”, Private Gallery Toorak, March
                  “The Sydney Art Show” with Suburban 312 Gallery, September
2004       Solo Exhibition, “The Freedom Movement”, Art Associates Australia- Gardner  Contemporary Art, Hawthorn, July
                 Represented in “The affordable Art Show” Melbourne with Art Associates Australia, April
                 Solo Exhibition, “Recent Works”, Suburban 312 Gallery, December
2003       “Recent Works” Richmond Gallery, Richmond, July
                  Entred Archubald - Painted Tracy Bartram
                  Hung in the “Salon des Refus’s”, Montslavate, November
2002       Duel Exhibition “Spirited Heartlands & Movement” Richmond Gallery, November
1999       Joint Exhibition, “Colourful, Evocative and Passionate Paintings” at Chapel off Chapel – Prahran


2017       Winner of the City Boroondara Arts PARTY ART PRIZE May
2016       ANL Maritime Art Award
                 1st Prize Mount View Art Show
                 Highly Commended Camberwell Rotary Art Show
2013       3rd Prize Bronze Award, Camberwell Art Show
2012       Highly Commended Camberwell Rotary Art Show
                 Winner “Salon des Refusés” Peoples Choice
2011       Highly Commended Camberwell Rotary Art Show
                 Archibald Prize Finalist
2010       Mornington Peninsula Art Show, 2nd Prize Peoples Choice Award, April
2007       1st, 2nd & 3rd Peoples Choice Award, St Kevin’s 37th Annual Art Show, May
2003       “Salon des Refusés” Finalist           

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